“Mind Me, Milady” by Anne Rothman and Kenneth Hicks

“Mind Me, Milady” is the first book of the Eve Petersen Mysteries by Anne Rothman and Kenneth Hicks. There is a criminal terrorizing women in New York City and he calls himself The Gentleman. Eve Petersen has been receiving personal attention from him via telephone calls. He calls to taunt her, or let her know where to find his latest victim. Eve is in the middle of tying up loose ends of her mother's law office's unfinished business after she died of cancer. Eve has some decisions to make about where her life is going, a controlling ex to deal with, a possible new love, an outrageous psychic, and the hunt is on to catch the Gentleman. People close to her fall victim to the Gentleman, one after another, and he has his sights set on one of Eve's newest clients. Not to mention he has promised Eve a date in the near future. 

Anne Rothman and Kenneth Hicks make this story a believable one. The villain could be someone from the headlines of a newspaper, a serial rapist who calls himself The Gentleman. The descriptions from the mind of the criminal are chilling. There are so many twists to the story that I was guessing about the identity of the rapist right up until the end of the book. The diverse spectrum of characters and the details of the setting made the book interesting. The historical parts woven into the tale make it even more interesting.  I liked Eve Petersen as a strong lead female character, as both a lawyer and a sleuth. Maria was also a favorite character. She was written very well into the female police officer role. “Mind Me, Milady” was an enjoyable mystery and I would read other books in the series.


“Dancing on the Wings of the Wind” by Donna Kutzner

“Dancing on the Wings of the Wind” by Donna Kutzner is a self exploratory journey to find unhealed places within and turn yourself over to love. Only when rooted and grounded in love can you dance on the wings of the wind. It is a spiritual path using scriptures, anecdotes, and sets of journal questions to help you pinpoint the fears and burdens that you need to release. It also speaks about God's unconditional love and how you can learn to trust in Him because He doesn't love who you think you should be; He loves you exactly as you are. It helps in recognizing behaviors and thoughts that harm yourself and others that are not rooted in love, and gives suggestions and examples of how to turn them around. It discusses the difference between forgiveness and trust and how it is most beneficial to you if you forgive the ones who have done you harm.

Donna Kutzner made many good points in “Dancing on the Wings of the Wind.”  I agreed with much of the thought processes. It was a gentle invitation into the arms of God. I have always been a spiritual person, but did not grow up in a religious household. I have never felt it necessary to meet at an assigned place at a predetermined time every week in order to speak to God. While reading, I was engaged by the thought of meeting God wherever I chose, to have a conversation and listen with my heart. I highlighted many sections I felt were inspirational to read again in the future. The sections about fear and forgiveness struck home with me. After reading the book and doing the exercises I found that some of the fearful behaviors apply to me. I was glad to gain that insight. I enjoyed this book.

“HOMECOMING, a Wisconsin Reunion Romance” by Janet Wellington

In “HOMECOMING, a Wisconsin Reunion Romance” by Janet Wellington, Cory had her heart broken in divorce. Her husband used her to get where he wanted to be in his career and then left her for someone younger and richer. Cory moved back to Faythe, Wisconsin and took a job caring for Tillie and her nine cats. She learned that Tillie was Jake's great aunt – Jake who broke her heart in high school. Jake ran as far and as fast as he could from Faythe when he was eighteen, leaving Cory behind. When Tillie passed away, she left instructions for Jake and Cory to fix up the house, sell it, and then split the profits. Tillie was a bit of a matchmaker, having connected over fifty couples, who then married. Jake and Cory planned to honor their obligations to Tillie and go their separate ways, but there were surprises in store for them. 

I loved the beautiful cover of “HOMECOMING, a Wisconsin Reunion Romance” because I am drawn to houses of that era. Cory's and Jake's pain from the past was depicted well enough so I could understand why they were fearful of letting down their defenses and getting involved in a relationship. The sexual tension was consistent and I could feel their connection. I liked them both enough to keep hoping they'd get their happily-ever-after. Some interesting and painful circumstances lead to their understanding and admitting how they really felt about each other. I especially liked the touching scenes between Jake and his father later on in the book centered on forgiveness. I also enjoyed how Tillie was a character and played a role in the plot even though she had died. Janet Wellington penned a sweet romantic tale.

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